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Wednesday, November 15 2006

The You: For the Masses

The You is rough around the edges and stylistically all over the place, but Josh Verbanets' debut points to a bright future.


Daniel Santiago: On the Way

This 27-year-old Brazilian guitarist has chops to spare and some very talented friends; if it wasn’t only 35 minutes long, one could well describe On


Trentemoller: Always Something Better

Trentemoller, big man of 2005 house, gives us a taste of his forthcoming long-player in the form of a single and some remixes. “Always Something Better”


Tuesday, November 14 2006

The Places: Songs for Creeps

Singer-songwriter Amy Annelle's songs are creepy on the surface, but the good stuff lies below.


Miles Davis: Cool & Collected

While this collection is definitely cool, its primary purpose is to acquaint newbies with the legend of Miles Davis.


One Ring Zero: Wake Them Up

The concept is really intriguing, but the reality is undenaibly disappointing.


Dead Poetic: Vices

Dead Poetic is not quite a cookie-cutter rock band, mainly because there’s no blood-curdling wail in the opening minutes. Dead Poetic relies on strong


Cassy: Panorama Bar 01

Berlin and minimalism is almost a cliché at this point but the truth is, Cassy pulls it off with flair on this satisfying mix.


Monday, November 13 2006

National Eye: Roomful of Lions

Was it one of the city’s weekly papers that called National Eye Philadelphia’s version of Radiohead? Not so fast… Though National Eye have


Malena Pérez: Stars

Stars is a celebratory album, and also a happy one. Singing, "What if I told you that you're beautiful? / Would you believe?" Pérez sounds sincerely interested in the answer.


David Mallett: Midnight On The Water

Like maple syrup, a little bit of Mallett can go a long way, but this disc provides some welcome sweetness.


Autovaughn: Space

Autovaughn's Space is like modern rock radio, except indie-er.


The Ratchets: Glory Bound

On their second album, the Ratchets serve up meat and potatoes punk rock with a pinch of reggae. Unsurprisingly, they sound the Clash circa 1978.


Sunday, November 12 2006

Various Artists: The Source Presents Fat Tape Compilation Volume One

These thug tales provide an escape from the safety of the suburbs. Danger lurks everywhere on the songs here.


Sven Libaek: Inner Space: The Lost Film Music of Sven Libaek

There's a lightness of touch and a breezy, jazzy atmosphere to these 12 Sven Libaek Australian film-score compositions from the '60s and '70s.


Ira: The Body And The Soil

Germany's Ira is a group that wants to rock out, but ends up plodding along.


Friday, November 10 2006

Tim Hecker: Harmony in Ultraviolet

While “Whitecaps of White Noise” is in fact the title of a standout two-part suite for static and disintegrating synthesizer from Tim Hecker’s latest


Thursday, November 9 2006

Red Sparowes: Every Red Heart Shines Towards the Red Sun

The Red Sparowes’ Every Red Heart Shines Towards the Red Sun contains elements that are driving building to elements that are fast, and the resultant


Dr. Dog: Takers and Leavers

Five guys and six songs equals 23½ minutes of rambling, lo-fidelity pop. The EP is fun in a goofy way.


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